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Anne Pfister

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Phone: (904) 620-5335

Office: Building 51, Room 2229



Faculty Bio


Areas of Expertise 

Bio-cultural Medical Anthropology, Socio-linguistic Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Disabilities Studies, Scholarship of Teaching & Learning


Doctorate of Philosophy, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Applied Anthropology, Bio-cultural Medical Anthropology Concentration


Master of Science, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
Multidisciplinary Studies, International Education


Diplomado (Diploma), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Literatura Latinoamericana (Latin American Literature)


Post-Bachelor Educator Certification, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
General Education (K-8)


Bachelor of Arts, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO


My research investigates the experience of deafness among deaf children and their families in Mexico City, Mexico. To address the interrelatedness of human biology, culture, and language among deaf participants, I integrate the analytical lens of medical anthropology with sociocultural-linguistic theoretical approaches. I designed my yearlong community-based research utilizing innovative ethnographic methodology, including photovoice and personal history timelines with deaf sixth graders at a not-for-profit deaf school called IPPLIAP. "Photovoice" involves participatory analysis of deaf youth's photographs in response to themes such as Mexican Sign Language, Family, and A Day in My Life.


In January 2018, I established a longitudinal study allowing me to follow up with the same deaf participants with whom I worked in 2012-13. We used the digital images they created as a springboard for investigating their personal, educational, and social developments. Student participants are the first generation of graduates from IPPLIAP to travel as a signing cohort to secondary school and were high school freshman when I returned to continue our project. This longitudinal design is also an opportunity to evaluate the efficacy of IPPLIAP's cohort-based secondary program.


I came to UNF from the University of South Florida where I earned my PhD in Applied, Medical Anthropology. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, I  taught in Mexico, Cambodia, Colorado, Arizona, and Florida. I love anthropology, especially the intersections of biology and culture. I also enjoy motherhood and spending time with my family, being outdoors, art of all kinds, and learning new things.